Once upon a time, when I was pregnant with my oldest, I decided to become a crunchy hippy mama. One of the decisions that we made was to cloth diaper. And when I say we, I really mean I made that decision. My husband had never changed a diaper before in his life, so I figured he could learn just as easily with cloth as with disposables.
The main reason that I decided on cloth diapers with my oldest was from a chemical perspective. I didn’t want to have anything too harsh near my baby’s skin. The second part of the decision was cost based. With cloth diapers we could reuse them, and not just for the one baby, for multiple babies.
I was happy that I made the decision to cloth diaper after we brought home our oldest with a pretty bad rash. The rash cleared up as soon as we changed from the disposable diapers the hospital had given to us, and we started using the pre-folds that I had purchased.
Now, that is not to say that we never use disposable diapers. One time that we ALWAYS use disposable diapers is around the holidays. This time will be no exception I’m sure. With all the busyness that comes with the holidays, travel, parties, visiting friends, friends and family visiting, making sure I have clean diapers to use is not the top of my priority list.
But, how do you make the decision to cloth diaper or use disposables?
I think that a lot of it comes down to personal preference, and also time. Obviously, if you are working full time, it will be difficult to cloth diaper, especially if your child has to go to any type of day care. Gone are the days when day cares would actually use cloth diapers if that is what you provided.
I would say if you don’t have a washing machine in your house, you are probably going to have a difficult time using cloth as well. Not that it cannot be done, it certainly can, it just takes a little more effort on your part. Instead of soaking diapers in water, you would most likely use a “dry bag” which is exactly as it sounds; a waterproof bag that you stick the dirty diapers in. When you need clean diapers again, you would take the bag to the Laundromat and wash them.
I am incredibly thankful for the cloth diapers that we have currently – all pre-folds with covers. These are the cheapest out of all the cloth diaper options, are definitely bulkier, but have worked really well for us. Having a third child is going to be costly, and any way that we can save money we will do that!
Some of the benefits of cloth diapering for us have been the cost, and the early potty training. I am crossing my fingers that things go as well this time around. And I am also thankful for the option to use disposables if we need them. Modern convenience is never to be completely ruled out!
Did you use cloth or disposables or both? If you are expecting now, is cloth something you are considering?